Bottom Line: UB won with dee-fense. UConn’s 220 offensive yards were the fewest by a UB opponent since Rhode Island managed just 207 in the 2010 season opener. The Huskies had just 27 yards and two first downs after intermission. Quarterback Chandler Whitmer was sacked five times and threw two picks.
Turning Point: UConn’s third play from scrimmage resulted in Adam Redden jarring the ball from quarterback Whitmer and recovering at the Huskies’ 8. Joe Licata followed with a 5-yard TD throw to Mason Schreck and the tone was set.
Defensive Player of the Game: Redden made it happen early and finished with five tackles, two sacks and was in on another tackle for a loss.
Offensive Player of the Game: Joe Licata averaged 17.7 yards on his 10 completions and set a career high with three TD passes. His 22-yarder to Alex Neutz and 36-yarder to Fred Lee were gorgeous, arching seam throws.
Stat Check: UB finished the first quarter with one yard of offense – and a 14-3 lead.
What It Means: UB beat UConn for the first time since 2001, when Jim Hofher was coach, and finished non-conference play at 2-2.
In the House: 20,952 came out to bask in the sunshine and UB’s fourth straight home victory.
Next Up: Now it gets serious. UB opens MAC play at noon Saturday against visiting Eastern Michigan.
— Bob DiCesare